Fatalities

Snow avalanches claim an average of 100 lives in Europe every year. The common goal of all European Avalanche Warning Services is to reduce the loss of lives and damages due to avalanches by providing the society with efficient and effective avalanche forecasting and warning services.

We start recording the number of fatalities on 1 October every year. The figures are based on reports received from EAWS members and their partners. Please let us know if there is any missing data and errors, by sending an e-mail to us.

2020/212019/202018/192017/18

Season 2020/21

Number of people killed in an avalanche:

Total Fatalities: 110

0

died

Andorra

11

died
2021-03-05

2

died

Czech Rep.

0

died

Finland

35

died
2021-05-10

0

died
2020-05-29

0

died

Iceland

2020-11-24

24

died
2021-04-19

7

died
2021-03-17

0

died

Poland

2020-06-16

0

died

Romania

2020-10-22

0

died

Slovenia

0000-00-00

2

died

Slovakia

2021-02-16

2

died

Spain

2021-02-03

27

died
2021-03-26

0

died

UK

2020-05-29
LocationCountryDateAvalanche Problem 1Avalanche Problem 2Forecasted Regional Danger LevelDeadGroup SizeAvalanche CommentIncident CommentType
1814GroßvenedigerAustria2020-10-10 00:00:00Persistent weak layer11nullnullAlpinist
2043TromsdalstindenNorway2020-12-06 13:51:00Wind-drifted snow211"Cornice""Walking alone"Other
2036TitlisSwitzerland2020-12-07 10:15:0031nullnullnull
2037Crans MontanaSwitzerland2020-12-08 12:00:0021nullnullnull
2038Saas FeeSwitzerland2020-12-10 13:00:0031nullnullnull
2039BedrettoSwitzerland2020-12-13 12:00:0021nullnullnull
2041Stuben-Albonagrat \\Austria2020-12-14 14:00:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow311nullnullBackcountry skiing
2040EggenmanndliSwitzerland2020-12-17 12:50:0021nullnullnull
2072Le Monêtier les bainsFrance2020-12-22 12:15:00Persistent weak layerWet snow315"Foot access to ride a steep-slope couloir""There were 2 groups : one of 4 (including a professional guide) and a single person (the one that died)"Backcountry skiing
2047Les LouerettesSwitzerland2020-12-29 12:00:0031nullnullnull
2046Chasseral, La CorneSwitzerland2020-12-31 12:00:0021nullnullnull
2064San IsidroSpain2021-01-01 00:00:0023"Unknow starting zone . Size >2 (possible 2.5)""3 people involved: 2 fatality 1 injured.The accident occurred while working on a road with snowplow. 2 workers where outside the plow when they where catched another person was with them outside his car and was catched too and injured. One of the injured was found by rescue temss the 30th january (29 day after the accident)."On road
2045Maso corto/Val SenalesItaly2021-01-03 12:30:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow322nullnullOff-piste skiing
2048Val Travenanzes gruppo tofaneItaly2021-01-09 12:30:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow313nullnullOff-piste skiing
2049Costa del PalioItaly2021-01-13 10:25:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow212nullnullOff-piste skiing
2073St Bon TarentaiseFrance2021-01-13 15:44:00411null"An italien ski instructor went backcountry skiing. Found the day after by the rescue team, buried under 1m snow"Backcountry skiing
2051Torrione RomaItaly2021-01-14 15:00:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow311nullnullOff-piste skiing
2054EmmettenSwitzerland2021-01-15 12:20:001nullnullnull
2065Jeseníky, Velký KotelCzechia2021-01-15 12:50:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer213null"Mechanical injuries."Backcountry skiing
2063SandkogelAustria2021-01-15 13:40:00Wind-drifted snow312nullnullBackcountry skiing
2057MorschachSwitzerland2021-01-16 09:55:001nullnullnull
2056EngelbergSwitzerland2021-01-16 10:45:001nullnullnull
2074TignesFrance2021-01-16 14:00:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer414nullnullBackcountry skiing
2052Devero-Valle AntigorioItaly2021-01-16 15:00:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow322nullnullOff-piste skiing
2055Klosters-SerneusSwitzerland2021-01-16 15:00:001nullnullnull
2103SkittentindenNorway2021-01-16 19:00:00Persistent weak layer211"Persistent weak layer of facets"nullBackcountry skiing
2075StosswihrFrance2021-01-17 13:16:0012null"Middle moutain range - No rating all-year long in this area."Backcountry skiing
2076Saint Christophe en OisansFrance2021-01-17 14:00:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow322null"People find the day after, buried under 150cm of snow. The risk was 4 above 1800m and 3 under that. The bodies were found around 1500\/1600m, so the risk is 3; but the avalanche starting line was surely far above (see the gully and the steep slopes above the road) No way to know from what altitude the avalanche start, but, the avalanche deposit, the day after was quite big (3m high)"Backcountry skiing
2059GstaadSwitzerland2021-01-17 15:00:001nullnullnull
2058VeytauxSwitzerland2021-01-17 15:45:001nullnullnull
2060Val de BagnesSwitzerland2021-01-18 10:20:001nullnullnull
2061NendazSwitzerland2021-01-18 12:30:001nullnullnull
2069WanglspitzeAustria2021-01-20 11:52:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow312nullnullOff-piste skiing
2078Saint-Christophe-sur-GuiersFrance2021-01-20 12:00:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer311null"The practionner was alone, and was recovered the day after the accident."Backcountry skiing
2077FargesFrance2021-01-20 15:45:0012null"Medium range (Jura) for which are no avalanche bulletin, and so, no danger level."Backcountry skiing
2079JarsyFrance2021-01-21 12:00:00311"Nothing is really known as the person was alone, and found in a winter storm by the rescue.""Nothing is really known as the person was alone, and found in a winter storm by the rescue."Backcountry skiing
2105BjørnlitindenNorway2021-01-23 12:00:00Wind-drifted snow212nullnullAlpinist
2116NendazSwitzerland2021-01-23 12:00:001nullnullnull
2104VassfjelletNorway2021-01-23 15:00:0011null"A hunter alone on ski"On skiruns
2082La GraveFrance2021-01-24 14:00:00New snowWind-drifted snow311null"The alarm was set at night by the parents of the victim. He was found the day after."Backcountry skiing
2068malga boschetto - Val Camonica- MortiroloItaly2021-01-24 15:00:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow415nullnullSnowmobiling
2085GrustFrance2021-01-26 13:15:00Wind-drifted snowWet snow311"Hard slab""victim found at the bottom of the slope, deceased. Deposit : hard slab with 5 to 10 cm of fresh snow on top of it. At the pass above, this fresh snow was already hard by the wind ; slope where the accident occured with evident sign of wind drift."Backcountry skiing
2083Le Freney-d\'OisansFrance2021-01-26 14:00:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow312null"Rescue : first by compagnion, then the rescue arrived. The victim was buried at 3m depth."Backcountry skiing
2084AussoisFrance2021-01-26 17:00:00Wind-drifted snowWet snow312nullnullBackcountry skiing
2110Valle MajelamaItaly2021-01-29 13:24:00Wet snowWet snow344nullnullOther
2080Aillons-le-VieuxFrance2021-01-29 15:30:00New snowWind-drifted snow312nullnullBackcountry skiing
2081Bourg-Saint-MauriceFrance2021-01-29 20:02:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer313"Soft-snow slab""No guided tour, but 3 ski instructors during a day-off. Buried under 3m-thick soft deposit. When the rescue team arrived, the 2 other instructors have found their compagnon and were digging."Backcountry skiing
2090JuifenalmAustria2021-01-30 00:00:00Persistent weak layerWind-drifted snow322nullnullBackcountry skiing
2091WiddersbergsattelAustria2021-01-30 12:00:00Persistent weak layer311nullnullBackcountry skiing
2092NeunerkogelAustria2021-01-30 12:50:00Persistent weak layer313nullnullOff-piste skiing
2086Vallone Sautron/ Acceglio (CN)Italy2021-01-30 13:15:00New snowWind-drifted snow4110nullnullOff-piste skiing
2106Borgdalen, Jan MayenNorway2021-01-30 13:50:0023nullnullBackcountry skiing
2117La Fouly VSSwitzerland2021-01-31 12:00:001nullnullnull
2088Le Monêtier les bainsFrance2021-01-31 13:00:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer312null"Rescued first by an other group of backcountryskiers, then by organized rescue."Backcountry skiing
2087Passo della Gardetta Acceglio (CN)Italy2021-01-31 14:05:00New snowWind-drifted snow312nullnullOff-piste skiing
2093ArbeserkogelAustria2021-02-01 10:06:00Persistent weak layer312null"LVS Ger\u00e4t vorhanden aber leere Batterien"Backcountry skiing
2118CelerinaSwitzerland2021-02-04 12:00:001nullnullnull
2094Chateauroux les AlpesFrance2021-02-05 13:30:001nullnullnull
2095Mitterkoegerl / TeufenbachtalAustria2021-02-08 08:37:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer311nullnullBackcountry skiing
2096Cima del BoscoItaly2021-02-08 13:00:00New snowWind-drifted snow322nullnullOff-piste skiing
2119SafientalSwitzerland2021-02-11 17:20:001nullnullnull
2102barmerousse, 74190 PassyFrance2021-02-13 12:00:00New snowWind-drifted snow31nullnullnullBackcountry skiing
2108Lavaldens (38350)France2021-02-13 12:00:00New snowWind-drifted snow311"Unknown."nullBackcountry skiing
2107Kondratova kopaSlovakia2021-02-13 12:30:00Wind-drifted snow223null"Two victims were fully buried. One person was able to dig himself out, but it takes him 3 hours. Later, he was unable to localize his friends, he was searching for GSM signal, but there is none, so he climbed back to Polish side of the mountains and call for help."Backcountry skiing
2098M. GiovoItaly2021-02-13 13:20:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow313nullnullOff-piste skiing
2100Sella NeveaItaly2021-02-13 14:00:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow311nullnullOff-piste skiing
2109Krkonoše, Obří důl, ÚpičkaCzechia2021-02-15 12:30:00Wind-drifted snowPersistent weak layer212nullnullBackcountry skiing
2126PontresinaSwitzerland2021-02-17 12:00:0021nullnullnull
2115WarscheneckAustria2021-02-20 12:15:00Persistent weak layerWet snow212nullnull
2111Les 2 Alpes - col des GoursesFrance2021-02-21 14:30:00Wind-drifted snow211"hard slab ; crown thickness 50 cm to 1 m.""backcountry skiing."
2113Val BiandinoItaly2021-02-21 16:00:00Wet snow31nullnullnull
2112M. FregasogaItaly2021-02-22 12:30:00Wet snowWet snow213nullnull
2120Kistrand rv80Norway2021-02-25 09:20:00Wet snowPersistent weak layer411"Slushflow""One man in a plower truck was hit by a slushflow when he was out checking the avalanche danger."
2127DavosSwitzerland2021-03-17 12:00:0031nullnullnull
2121FlassinItaly2021-03-17 15:07:00Wind-drifted snowGliding snow414nullnullOff-piste skiing
2122Aime-La-Plagne (73 210)France2021-03-19 10:30:00Persistent weak layerNew snow313nullnullBackcountry skiing
2128HérémenceSwitzerland2021-03-20 12:00:0031nullnullnull
2129AyentSwitzerland2021-03-21 12:00:0031nullnullnull
2130Mont-NobleSwitzerland2021-03-21 12:00:0031nullnullnull
2124Passo della ManinaItaly2021-03-22 14:00:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow213nullnullOff-piste skiing
2131AnniviersSwitzerland2021-03-23 12:00:0031nullnullnull
2132AndermattSwitzerland2021-03-23 12:00:0032nullnullnull
2125Bozel - Dou de MoûtiersFrance2021-03-24 15:00:00Persistent weak layerWet snow312"hard slab avalanche""victim buried under 1m of snow."Backcountry skiing
2134Jof FuartItaly2021-04-16 11:30:00Wind-drifted snowWind-drifted snow223nullnullOff-piste skiing
2136Val d\'IsèreFrance2021-04-20 10:30:00None21nullnull"the skier died because of a shock on his head after jumping a very little cliff (4 m high)"Backcountry skiing
2137La Grande RuineFrance2021-05-03 10:30:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow33nullnullAlpinist
2138Ailefroide Occidentale - glacier LongFrance2021-05-03 11:30:00Wind-drifted snowNew snow24nullnullAlpinist
2140Valloire (73450)France2021-05-08 11:00:00Wind-drifted snowWet snow45null"2 groups involved, one was ascending the other descending"Backcountry skiing
2139Villaroger (73640)France2021-05-08 14:00:00Wet snowNew snow33nullnullBackcountry skiing
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